Pliny and the Eruption of Vesuvius
A forensic examination of two of the most famous letters from the ancient Mediterranean world: Pliny the Younger’s Epistulae 6.16 and 6.20, which offer a contemporary account of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, and killed his uncle, Pliny the Elder. This volume provides the first comprehensive full-length treatment of these documents, contextualized by evidence-rich biographies for both Plinys, and a synthesis of the latest archaeological and volcanological research which answers questions about the eruption date. A new collation of sources results in a detailed manuscript tradition and an authoritative Latin text and English translation, while commentaries on each letter offer copiously referenced insights on their structure, style, and meaning.
Foss, Pedar William. 2022. Pliny and the Eruption of Vesuvius. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003273028.